J & I met online. Not from an ad I posted (I have done that in the past) but from one my sister posted. She thought it'd be a good idea for me to meet someone nice since I hadn't had any luck on my own. I had just broken up with a guy who was by all accounts a closet alcoholic. I don't use those words lightly either. He actually was drinking in the bathroom when we went out of town and stayed in a hotel! Anyways, I digress...back to the story...
My sister posted an ad but initially, I didn't know about it. I suspected something was up when I started getting responses to an ad I never posted. She later came out and confessed! I should be mad at her but seeing as how her actions led to my little JOE, I can't complain :-).
J was one of two Johns I received an email from..OK saying "two Johns" sounds perverted but he was one of two guys named John who rsponded.
Anyways, of the two of them, J was far more interesting. During the course of our electronic conversation (email) we discovered that we actually lived within a 10-minute walk from each other. Things didn't end there. Turns out J bought the townhome I initially wanted to buy but decided against because I wanted to have the financial abilities to continue to travel. Good decision too because if I bought it, J might never have moved to the neighborhood :-).
Everything went great until J and I went on our first date. I waited in the parking lot of the blockbuster in our community. I saw his foot wear and was tempted to turn around. Check out the BATHROOM slippers he wore on our first date! I am not materialistic but I felt that he should have put in a bit more of an effort. I decided to stay and just go out since I was dressed up anyways.
That is a decision I am glad I made.
Our first date was to Dave and Busters. We were having a great time until J decided to order a drink and then another. That concerned me because I was thinking "oh no! I went from a closet alcoholic to an open alcoholic!" Thankfully, I have since come to realize that I actually drink more than my husband and that says a lot considering I don't drink much.
Needless to say, that evening was a success. J has been with me through many trips and adventures.
Our first out of town trip together. We went to Atlantic City.
Our first trip to Boston. We went to Fenway. I grew up there but had never actually been inside the stadium!
Almost 2 years ago, we took the ultimate step by standing before God and man to become husband and wife.
@ our traditional Nigerian wedding.
@ our official wedding ceremony.
I have never regretted getting out of my car that summer day in August 2007 and as I sit here looking at my daughter, I am thankful to God for bringing J and now JOE into my life.
I hope as you read this, you remember to acknowledge that special someone in your life.
Have a fabulous week!